The Omnibox.Exe file supports the takeover of all your browsers by the Omniboxes browser hijacker. It is known to be related to SuperNet Technology Limited. The application can modify the homepage, new tabs, the default Search Engine of your browsers, along with DNS settings and tamper with search results.
|Type||EXE, Browser Hijacker|
|Short Description||The homepage of a browser may look like a legitimate search engine, and there can be page redirects from the search results.|
|Symptoms||The user may have installed the application without his agreement. Sets a custom homepage, search engine and may also change the new tab setting.|
|Distribution Method||Freeware Installers, Bundling|
|Detection Tool||Download Malware Removal Tool, to See If Your System Has Been Affected by Omnibox.Exe|
|User Experience||Join our forum to discuss about Omnibox.exe.|
Omnibox.exe – How Did I Get It?
The “Omnibox.exe” PUP usually gets into your computer through third-party installers. It can sneak into your computer without your consent, by hiding itself in freeware installations and bundled packages. In these packages, additional components for installation are usually not disclosed in a proper way and people get tricked into installing potentially undesirable programs such as “Omnibox.exe”.Sometimes that can be avoided by clicking on the “Advanced” or “Custom” setting in an installation setup to see what may be installed.
Other ways of getting infected are by opening spam emails and downloading e-mail attachments, or by clicking on different advertisements and banners containing potentially malicious content which may also add a browser extension. If you have Omnibox.exe then you probably also have the Omniboxes browser hijacker.
Omnibox.exe – More About It
“Omnibox.exe” is an executable process that supports the Omniboxes browser hijacker. When it is installed on your computer, it may change DNS settings, different browser settings, such as the homepage, new tab and search engine, and install add-ons to aid into the hijacking of your browsers. You can get sponsored results whenever you try making a search query. It can affect any browser, especially the most popular ones like Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari.
The Omnibox.exe can display countless of errors as well, most common of which are:
• “OMNIBOX.EXE application error”.
• “OMNIBOX.EXE is not a valid Win32 application.”
• “OMNIBOX.EXE has encountered a problem and needs to close. We regret any inconvenience.”
• “There is OMNIBOX.EXE”.
• “OMNIBOX.EXE not found”.
• “Failed to start the program: OMNIBOX.EXE”.
• “OMNIBOX.EXE is not running.”
• “OMNIBOX.EXE wrong.”
• “Path of application errors: OMNIBOX.EXE”.
When searching for something in any browser, the hijacker can display incorrect results or sponsored links. It might even tamper with the automatic finding of results in the Google Chrome’s own omnibox (which is not an exe, but a search box yielding faster results by Google). You may also be shown advertisements in the form of pop-ups or banners. The sites which you may be redirected to, generate profit when on a pay-per-click basis and they could contain potentially malicious code to further infect your PC.
The executable may insert cookies and potentially collect different information about your internet activity and usage, such as your search queries, the sites you visited, your IP address, what you clicked on, what devices and software you own, your social networks interactions and other similar data.
Remove Omnibox.exe Completely
To remove “Omnibox.exe” manually from your system, be sure to follow the step-by-step removal instructions provided down below. In case the manual removal does not get rid of this browser hijacker completely, you should search for and remove any leftover files with an advanced anti-malware program. Installing such software will also make sure that your system is safe from other threats that you may come across.
Step 1: Remove/Uninstall Omnibox.Exe in Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps to remove that program. No matter if you are using Windows 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program get left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, mistakes with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Select the program that you want to remove, and press “Uninstall” (fig.3).
Follow the instructions above and you will successfully uninstall Omnibox.Exe.
Step 2: Remove Omnibox.Exe from your browser
Select the “Add-ons” icon from the menu
Select Omnibox.Exe and click “Remove”
After Omnibox.Exe is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red “X” in the top right corner and start it again.
Select Omnibox.Exe to remove, and then click ‘Disable’. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected toolbar, and some additional toolbars might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click ‘Disable’.
After Omnibox.Exe has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red ‘X’ in the top right corner and start it again.
From the drop menu select ‘Preferences’
In the new window select ‘Extensions’
Click once on Omnibox.Exe
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall Omnibox.Exe. Select ‘Uninstall’ again, and the Omnibox.Exe will be removed.